15 The Daily Telegraph Monday 20 July 2020 *** Sport Te’o: Brown row that cost me World Cup place ‘no big deal’ Rugby Union By Kate Rowan times for Worcester during three seasons at the club from 2016-18 but had managed to become a Lions Test player. He was so sure that he was going to get the nod for the World Cup squad that he had made arrangements for his family to move back to Australia while he was playing in the tournament in Japan. He said: “I was like, ‘Oh well, that was an interesting end to the last 3½ years that I’ve put in’.” Te’o was also quick to praise fellow code-hopper Sam Burgess, with whom he played for a season at the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Unlike Te’o, Burgess made it to the 2015 World Cup, only to be at the centre of the recriminations when England were knocked out in the pool stage. Burgess returned to South Sydney and has since retired. “Unfortunately it didn’t pan out for Sam,” Te’o said. “I was quite sad to see him leave because I know that he had a lot more in him. I knew Sam had a lot more growth and he could have been one of the great players that England had.” Since the abrupt end to his England career, Te’o had a brief spell in the Top 14 with Toulon, before signing with Japanese Super Rugby franchise Sunwolves, but did not play for them because of the coronavirus pandemic. Te’o is now playing rugby league at the Brisbane Broncos, for whom he previously played from 2009 to 2012. Brown has not played for England since either, but was out of action with a knee injury for most of the 2019-20 season. in that situation handled themselves.” When asked if he and Brown had since made peace, Te’o said: “We haven’t yet, we haven’t crossed paths.” New Zealand-born Te’o earned 16 England and two British and Irish Lions Test caps after making his England debut on their 2016 summer tour to Australia. He moved to Worcester as he was automatically qualified to play for England via his mother. There had been speculation he could qualify to play for Ireland through residency rules, creating a controversial beginning to his England career. Te’o had also raised eyebrows having played only 30 Ex-England back speaks out over training-camp altercation ‘Things happen when guys have a few too many drinks’ Ben Te’o has broken his silence over the altercation with Mike Brown that ended his World Cup dream, saying he was surprised by the reaction to the incident after feeling it was not “that big of a deal”. The former Worcester Warriors centre was speaking about the incident which happened at a training camp in northern Italy last summer ahead of the final squad selection, which led to Eddie Jones omitting both players. “We actually got along quite fine but sometimes things happen when guys have a few too many drinks,” Te’o said. “And when I woke up in the morning I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. But obviously for some people, maybe a leadership group or something along those lines, maybe it was a big deal to them. “Eddie rang me up and said he wasn’t going to take me to the World Cup. He was pretty upset with me.” The 33-year-old, who has returned to rugby league having crossed codes in 2014, starting his rugby union career with Leinster, made the revelations to former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll in an episode of the BT Sport programme off-cutter was a reminder of Curran’s dexterity with the old ball. But England’s most formidable old-ball weapons are their fastest. Admittedly from three Tests, Mark Wood has taken nine wickets at an average of only 18 from overs 31-80 since the Ashes. Despite now only playing eight of England’s 13 Tests since the Ashes begun, Archer, unsurprisingly, is England’s most potent weapon in the middle overs: he has taken 18 wickets at just 22 apiece, a record even superior to his new-ball returns. So, as much as the sight of Archer with a brand new ball is one to gladden every England fan’s heart, it is when bowling is less appetising that Archer’s worth to his captain is greatest. He is most valuable to England when the rest of the attack find it hardest to bowl. Declining return - how England's attack was slower in Manchester Top speed of England's seamers (miles per hour) First Test 94.88 90.9 90.05 86.53 Mark Wood Jofra Archer Ben Stokes James Anderson Second Test 87.95 86.76 84.78 83.36 Stuart Broad Chris Woakes Ben Stokes Sam Curran SOURCE: CRICVIZ Archer is most valuable to the team when the rest of the attack find it the hardest to bowl financial boost for ECB will be worth £280 million in broadcasting revenue to the ECB, and will help with the governing body’s finances, even though the sport still stands to lose £100million from the impact of Covid-19 this summer. Meanwhile, a meeting of the International Cricket Council today is expected to confirm the decision to postpone the T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to be played in Australia in October and November. If the decision is taken, it will pave the way for the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League to be rescheduled. The IPL is now likely to be played from September to November, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India reported to be planning to stage the tournament from Sept 26Nov 7. Due to Covid-19 – India has had more than one million cases, the third highest figure in the world – the competition is set to be played in the United Arab Emirates.
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